Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin

Wrapped in Rain By Charles Martin

 

Synopsis: “Tucker, I want to tell you a secret.” Miss Ella curled my hand into a fist and showed it to me.

“Life is a battle, but you can’t fight it with your fists. You got to fight it with your heart.”

An internationally famous photographer, Tucker Mason has traveled the world, capturing things other people don’t see. But what Tucker himself can’t see is how to let go of the past and forgive his father.

On a sprawling Southern estate, Tucker and his younger brother, Mutt, were raised by their housekeeper, Miss Ella Rain, who loved the motherless boys like her own. Hiring her to take care of Waverly Hall and the boys was the only good thing their father ever did.

When his brother escapes from a mental hospital and an old girlfriend appears with her son and a black eye, Tucker is forced to return home and face the agony of his own tragic past.

Though Miss Ella has been gone for many years, Tuck can still hear her voice—and her prayers. But finding peace and starting anew will take a measure of grace that Tucker scarcely believes in.

 

Review: Let me start out by saying that Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors!

When the story begins, we learn that Miss Ella has died and Tucker has taken her last name. Tucker Rain is an internationally renowned photographer with cover photos on all the major magazines. He is on his way back to the family home in a small Alabama town even as his agent tries to get him to go on jobs. The family home, which Tucker now owns, is called Waverly Hall. Tucker’s father was a very mean person, but he did have a knack for making money. By the time he was worth more than $50 million.

On his trip back home, Tucker meets a woman, Katie Wither with a young boy at a food stop and again later when her car breaks down. It turns out she was a neighbor of the Mason’s and a close childhood friend. She was a talented musician in her own right, who played the piano as a child at the Mason’s home with encouragement from Miss Ella. She studied piano at Julliard, and later married an unfaithful and abusive man, Trevor. She later divorced him and ran away to protect her son, Jase.

After he rescued Katie and Jase, and learned more about their situation, Tucker talks her into hiding out at the Mason home. When they arrive, Tucker finds out his brother has left the mental hospital where Tucker had taken him seven years earlier.

Katie, Jase and Tucker find Mutt and the three adults recall childhood memories and get together to plan a super Christmas.

The background information is introduced gradually, as needed, without distracting the reader from the main flow of the story, as is his style.

I think you will enjoy these characters. Tucker was able to forgive his father. Mutt tried to control himself, but he couldn’t. Katie was a good mom and a strong woman whose downfall was letting herself get tricked into marrying a man who turned out to be abusive. Moses, set good examples for the brothers both when they were children and when they were adults. Along with Ella, he helped them survive.

If you read this book, I would love to hear your feedback on the story and the characters.

 

Bookishly yours,

Robin

 
Wrapped in Rain By Charles Martin

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